Scientists have extended the lifespan of these animals by 500 percent.
The latest results could have implications for the development of new anti-ageing therapies.
by genetically altering two”cellular pathways”—biological signalling systems which cells use to communicate with each other.
In fact, the two pathways which the team manipulated—known as the insulin signalling (IIS) and TOR pathways—are also found in people. This means that the latest results could have implications for the development of new anti-ageing therapies.
“Despite the discovery in C. elegans of cellular pathways that govern ageing, it hasn’t been clear how these pathways interact,” Hermann Haller, president of the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, said in a statement.”By helping to characterize these interactions, our scientists are paving the way for much-needed therapies to increase healthy lifespan for a rapidly ageing population.”
Not only did the mice live longer, but they also had better health, with lower rates of cancer and obesity.